LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 closed its borders and restricted public gatherings, including religious gatherings, to no more 100 people following second wave of Covid-19 with increase cases.
The Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 announced the measures at a press conference in the capital Lilongwe.
Minister of Information Gospel Kazako said the closure is with immediate effect and the borders will remain closed for 14 days.
Kazako said people who will be allowed to enter through the borders are Malawians who are returning home and people providing essential services.
However, airports will remain open as the taskforce argued that it is easier to track people who arrive into the country through airports.
The restrictions on gatherings which were relaxed over the past months have been stiffened with a maximum of 100 people allowed at a gathering.
Kazako has since urged people to observe the new restrictions during the festive season and to stay at home.
As of December 20, 2020 Malawi had recorded total of 6,202 cases including 187 deaths. Of these cases, 1,275 are imported infections and 4,927 are locally transmitted. Cumulatively, 5,664 cases have now recovered.